15:34 | 06/04/2016 Companies
(VEN) - Emirates unveiled plans to boost capacity to London with the addition of a tenth daily flight to the British capital starting October 1st, 2016. The new service, Emirates' fourth daily flight to London Gatwick, will complement its six daily services to Heathrow and take the airline's total weekly services to the city to 70.
The Dubai-London Gatwick service will be operated by a state-of-the-art Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a three-class configuration, with eight Private Suites in First Class, 42 lie flat seats in Business Class and 310 spacious seats in Economy Class.
"Emirates started serving London Gatwick in July 1987; since then over 10 million passengers have travelled on the route. As a global hub for finance, business and tourism, London attracts travellers from all over the world," commented Hubert Frach, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, West.
“London has been constantly in Top 10 of Emirates’ favourite destinations in Vietnam since the airline started daily service to Ho Chi Minh City in 2012. We have welcomed both business and leisure travellers as well as students from Vietnam on-board our flights to the British capital. This city, along with other destinations in Europe, Americas, South Asia and the Middle East, is among our logical routes for passengers travelling from Vietnam.”, said Mohammad Sarhan, Emirates’ Country Manager in Vietnam.
Passengers travelling in premium cabins from Gatwick Airport will enjoy a brand new, exclusive drop-off zone for Emirates’ Chauffeur-drive service where porters will assist with their luggage. Emirates also operates a dedicated lounge for First and Business Class passengers which was recently refurbished.
Starting 1st October 2016, EK 023 will depart Dubai at 0950hrs, arriving in London at 1430hrs. The return flight, EK 024, will leave London at 1650hrs, arriving in Dubai at 0240hrs the next day. The early morning arrival will enable seamless connectivity to key destinations in the Middle East, West Asia and the Far East.
Emirates currently flies to 150 destinations in 80 countries and territories across the globe. Aside from the daily and nonstop passenger flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Dubai since 2012, Emirates will launch a daily service to Hanoi on 3rd August 2016. Through Emirates’ Dubai hub, passengers travelling from Vietnam can seamlessly connect to a vast network of destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, USA and South Asia.